Songs With Words, Tunes for Teaching

Most of my songs seem to be about food these days!  I use this song, amongst others, to teach how to read familiar tonic and dominant patterns in major and minor tonality. Here is the notation:

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MLT, Theory

Many teachers are often intrigued by Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, but, when put to the task of trying to implement it in their classrooms in a meaningful way, are bereft of any concrete tangible way to start. Picking up the mammoth

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MLT, Theory

When you feel like you are ready to begin to teach your students musical patterns a la MLT, it is important to make a distinction pattern teaching and the rest of your curriculum.Gordon calls the pattern teaching portion of the

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Songs Without Words, Tunes for Teaching

Tune: "Look at All the Happy Faces Tonality: Aeolian Meter: Unusual Unpaired (7) Teaching Ideas Use this tune to acculturate students to music in 7. The microbeats are organized into 2, 2, 3. I use this tune to focus on

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MLT, Theory

One of the tenets of Music Learning Theory is the concept of Whole-Part-Whole instruction in curriculum development. Gordon argued that efficient learning takes place in a Whole-Part-Whole manner. WholeThe big picture or the context is explained or presented to the learner.PartIndividual

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MLT, Theory

“My best recommendation to music teachers of the next century is to improvise, improvise, improvise! Get rid of notation. Learn from music learning theory to teach children to make music without the aid of notation or music theory. Follow religiously

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MLT, Theory

Sometimes teachers who are interested in MLT get bogged down in the details, get intimidated by the terminology, or just plumb don’t get it. The goal of MLT is to teach students to audiate music. That is, we want our students

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MLT

In this Audiation Station video, we take our first stab at combining tonal patterns and rhythm patterns and reading them in "real" pieces of music. By "real" pieces of music, I mean we are reading pitches and rhythm together in

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MLT, Theory

Several of my students were asking for some help with the tonalities. How do I know which one is which? How do I keep them all straight? What are some ways to "get into" a tonality?In an effort to answer these

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Folk Music

I have been playing the fiddle for about 10 years now. I am a decent player, focusing mostly on the Old Time genre with the playing of fiddle tunes. It’s been a slow road, but I have made great progress!Because

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MLT, Theory

Many music teachers hear of Music Learning Theory (or, “The Gordon Method” or "MLT") in their undergraduate or graduate music education classes, but more often than not, they are left confounded with how to teach that way. Gordon is just

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Announcements

Do you have musician friends who can hear a song on the radio, and then just sit down and play it on the piano or the guitar? Do you hate them and their good ears? The reason they can do

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